BBOWT nature reserve dedicated to The Queen - BBOWT

Woodland is crowned an Ancient Canopy to honour Platinum Jubilee.

Orchids at Warburg by Peter Creed
Orchids at Warburg by Peter Creed

A BBOWT nature reserve which is a treasure trove of orchids and other rare wildlife is to be dedicated to The Queen to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

Warburg Nature Reserve is one of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees which will form the Ancient Canopy to honour Her Majesty’s 70 years of service this year.

The initiative was launched by The Prince of Wales in his role as Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy project.

A hidden gem in the Chiltern Hills just north of Henley, Warburg is home a huge range of species from lizards and grass snakes to weasels and stoats, rare butterflies like purple hairstreak, pink elephant hawk-moths and threatened hazel dormice.

Estelle Bailey, Chief Executive of BBOWT, said: "We are honoured and delighted that Warburg has been chosen as part of the Ancient Canopy to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee. This site is indeed one of the jewels in our crown, and a precious gem that is open to everyone who wants to come and marvel at its treasures."Our mission as a Trust is to bring about nature’s recovery by inspiring and empowering local people to help bring nature back, and this dedication is a fantastic way to celebrate amazing local wildlife and remind people what outstanding natural heritage we have and why it is worth protecting."

Announcing the 70 woodlands, The Queen's Green Canopy project said they represented 'the diverse canopy of the four nations' and were 'a celebration of living heritage'. Many were chosen because they were 'symbols of community pride', 'places to connect socially' or 'vital spaces for health and wellbeing activities'.

By sharing the stories behind the ancient woodlands and trees, as well as the efforts that are made to protect them, The Queen’s Green Canopy said it hoped to raise awareness of 'treasured habitats' and the importance of conserving them for future generations.

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Posted On: 04/05/2022

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